11 April 2009

Everyday Yohji


"Yes, I may be making fashion in the sense of craftmanship, but I hate the world of fashion"

Yohji Yamamoto is undeniably one of the most thought provoking designers in respects to both his pieces and philosophical approach to fashion. With his unwavering aesthetic of billowing darker fabrics and an attention to the very lifestyle and thought processes of the Yamamoto Man, he creates not only clothing but also a living concept with his designs. One does not simply purchase a single Yohji Yamamoto garment, rather one buys into being able to express a philosophy in life.

Fit is something with which most designers make their name, yet for Yamamoto, it is not the most important factor in design. He is attracted by the flaws and indeed as a designer who finds it normal to have men of all different sizes and ages on the runway, his take on fashion is rare in the least. For your average man however, the fit of Yamamoto's namesake line, may often be a tad too adventurous despite its beautiful appeal.

As such when Coming Soon, the more casual, sportswear side of Yohji Yamamoto, was first announced, it introduced the idea of a more accessible side to Yamamoto's philosophy on fashion. The images above are of the first Spring '09 collection, and to say I am impressed would be understating it.

Whilst some may view the clothing as being nothing new, I would be inclined to disagree. They manage to capture in their essence the everyday side to the Yamamoto Man. They are far more affordable and any singular piece would make an easy addition into one's wardrobe. The attention to detail and Yamamoto's inherent belief in freedom are clearly seen in the collection, and the fact that the silhouettes have been greatly trimmed down, give them an impact without being overpowering.

Now if one would be so kind as to direct me to the closest Coming Soon retailer...

Currently playing: Live And Learn - The Cardigans

xxxx

21 comments:

  1. i think many people have said it before but i'll say it again anyway :)
    you are so damn eloquent. i am jealous of your brain! i am so inarticulate i cant even express my appreciation for yohji yamamoto :(

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  2. The casual elegance of the each garment is amazing. I like that he sticked to light and dark neutrals with a few splashes of color here and there, that lends itself to a more nonchalant air.

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  3. I imagine Billy Corgan would appreciate this collection.

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  4. Thanks so much for your comment. I do appreciate.

    I'm not sure looking at Men's ankles are quit that exciting. Of course, I've wanted to run and hide before from seeing some in short shorts too.

    The dress idea though..is at its best when taken from a David Bowie outfit. If any one can wear a dress well, its him.

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  5. Interesting ..for sure. But not gonna happen in my boyfriend's wardrobe. & yet he has gages in his ears, much larger than anyone wants to look at in my family. I think they are used to it by now.

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  6. I love those outfits! I don't really like the idea of a guy in a dress.. but thats my opinion!! I do love the 4th sweater!!

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  7. Stunning pieces! They're all perfectly put together in a way that give it a casual, yet classy, look :)

    l,
    Hannah

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  8. i love his attention to detail. these pieces really capture the ethos of Yohji.love the expert layering.
    xx
    marian

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  9. i like the crinkled, lived in feel of these, esp. nice for spring/summer.

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  10. Fantastic. I love it. I love your detailed take on the collection!

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  11. You're on the money, dk. I wouldn't mind owning a few of those pieces for myself actually...

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  12. i'm thinking grunge meets prep circa 1993!

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  13. I love reading your take on designers and I love way you describe his collection. I think the somewhat loose silhouettes makes the clothes even more charming and thoughtful. Certainly a thinking man's wardrobe.

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  14. Hmmm---I have to still decide how I feel about these clothes. I like the contrasts, but am not really into some of the silhouettes.

    Great take you have on them, though.

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  15. he is very pretty.

    xx
    the crumpet girls
    http://crumpetsandt.blogspot.com

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  16. I love his take on fashion and fitting. It is true that all men's designers want it to fit perfectly, but he steps those boundaries and he does it well.


    i don't know too much about fashion, but i love reading what you have to say about it.

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  17. Eloquent as always! Your detailed, analytical approach to fashion always impresses me. I can see the appeal of the simplistic versatility of this collection, but it's an understated "wow" factor for me, instead of something that immediately blows me away with its originality.

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  18. my god how those outfits are good looking! I would like to have some of those clothes too...

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  19. I was studying every picture. This one is my favourite: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_9WP1azXfKng/SeCDLL0CpjI/AAAAAAAAEm4/99B1yJ7yTFE/s1600-h/cs9.jpg

    His hair is awesome, it is soo Joker from the batman movie! :D

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  20. This post makes me want to make wear menswear, more. Love the designs.

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